Butler trade headlines a quiet second day of the 2019 NBA Free Agency

The second day of the 2019 Free Agency period was more quiet than the first day. But then again, after a signing spree to open Free Agency, all deals –save for the Kawhi Leonard one– pale in comparison.

The biggest story of the day is a deal that carried over from yesterday.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi reported yesterday that the Miami Heat were adding Jimmy Butler to their roster via sign-and-trade. But the deal fell through because the third team in the trade, the Dallas Mavericks backed out of acquiring Goran Dragic. Without that third team, the trade wouldn’t be able to push through.

Today, Woj reported that the heat finally worked out a four-team trade to be able to get Butler.

The Heat were able to loop in the Clippers and Blazers into the deal. The Heat will acquire Meyers Leonard and Jimmy Butler, the Sixers get Josh Richardson, the Blazers get Hassan Whiteside while the Clippers get Moe Harkless and future pick.

The Heat get the superstar they needed to take over from Dwyane Wade. Butler is a tough wing that has a two-way game that fist the Heat culture. He’s the All-Star that Miami will lean on in their post-DWade era. Another plus of this trade is that the Heat were able to get rid of Hassan Whiteside’s contract. Whiteside will earn more than $27 million for the upcoming season.

The Blazers are going to miss Jusuf Nurkic for much of next season. That’s why they pulled the trigger to get a starting-quality center like Whiteside. There are problems with Whiteside’s game, especially on defense but with no options in the market, Portland decided he was better than not having a center to start next season.

The Clippers got an additional draft pick in order to absorb an expiring deal. They still have enough space to make a run at Leonard.

The other big news of the day was Klay Thompson re-signing with the Golden State Warriors for the max contract.

Thompson was very vocal about returning to the Warriors so this news is hardly a surprise. The Warriors were able to secure the biggest free agent of the team after Kevin Durant opted to leave. Thompson will miss a bulk of next season as he rehabs from a torn ACL.

Another big free agent that the Warriors were able to retain was Kevon Looney. The young big man was signed to a relatively cheap $15 million contract.

Isaiah Thomas is once again on the move. After signing a one-year deal last summer with the Nuggets, Thomas signed another one-year deal, this time with the Wizards.

This string of one-year deals is his attempt to prove himself as he returns from a hip injury. Thomas is looking for a long-term deal after his injury.

The Wizards were able to revamp their point guard rotation after they lost Tomas Satoransky. The Czech guard signed a three-year deal with the Bulls.

Besides Thomas, the Wizards also signed point guard Ish Smith to solidify their rotation.

Seth Curry, a hot prospect for several teams because of his outside shooting, signed with the Dallas Mavericks on a long-term deal. Curry is returning to the Mavericks, a team he played for from 2016 to 2018.

The Blazers lost another bench option in Enes Kanter. The big man signed with the Boston Celtics where he presumably gets the starting spot that was vacated by Al Horford.

The Knicks stayed busy this offseason. After they filled their power forward rotation yesterday, they were able to sign guards Wayne Ellington, Reggie Bullock and Elfrid Payton. They’re continuing to build a solid team for the next few season while maintaining cap space for the summer of 2021.

Other deals of the day include the Bucks signing Wes Matthews, Austin Rivers returning to the Rockets, Frank Kaminsky transferring to the Suns, Richaun Holmes joining the Kings, and Jordan Bell jumping to Minnesota.

Smaller deals of the day include JJ Barea and Maxi Kleber returning to the Mavericks, Tim Frazier going to the Pistons, Anthony Tolliver signing with the Blazers, and EuroLeague star Matt Thomas signing with the Raptors.

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